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Frequently Asked Questions

When do Smeal Undergraduate students select their major?

Enrollment in a Smeal major is contingent upon several criteria, which includes the timing and completion of a specified range of cumulative credits at Penn State. Students apply for their major of choice upon meeting the following:

  • Completion of all and attaining the minimum cumulative grade point average in these courses that is required for their major of choice.
  • Attaining an overall cumulative grade point average that is required for their major of choice.
  • Students apply for their major once they have earned 44 cumulative credits at Penn State but no more than 59 cumulative credits (Transfer credits do not count towards the credit window).
  • For more information regarding the entrance to process Smeal and entrance to major requirements, please visit: https://ugstudents.smeal.psu.edu/academics-advising/get-into-a-smeal-major/entrance-to-major-requirments

How do I obtain a student’s transcript?

When posting your position through SmealConnect, you can request that applicants submit an unofficial transcript as part of the application process.

How do you read a student’s transcript?

All courses for each major within Smeal have a corresponding prefix:

Course prefix and corresponding course name
Prefix Course Name
ACCTG Accounting
CIENT Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship
FIN Finance
MGMT Management
MIS Management Information Systems
MKTG Marketing
R M Risk Management (Enterprise Risk Management, Real Estate, Actuarial Science Options)
SCM Supply Chain & Information Systems

What can I tell about the student’s course of study from his or her transcript?

The student transcript provides a breakdown of courses per semester with the grade for each course, along with the cumulative GPA per semester. At the top of each transcript, you will find the high school they attended and the year the student started at Penn State. The bottom of the page indicates several items: major, college, minors, any changes to their transcript (such as being accepted into a graduate program), study abroad information, and possibly a few other miscellaneous items such as any transfer credits. If the student received academic credit for an internship or co-op through BA 395A, the bottom section of the transcript will also contain the name of the company with which the student had the internship or co-op.

Are all business students Smeal students?

Some students enter Smeal as first-year students; although not all Smeal students begin their studies at University Park. Many Smeal students spend their first and second years at another Penn State campus. Additionally, students who are not admitted to Smeal as a first-year student, but who wish to pursue a business degree, are enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). DUS students who meet the entrance-to-major requirements of a Smeal major are admitted to Smeal in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Smeal students receive a Bachelor of Science with a major in one of the following: Accounting, Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Risk Management or Supply Chain & Information Systems. Smeal students take their major courses at University Park. Some other Penn State campuses also offer a Bachelor of Science in business majors. Additionally, some other Penn State campuses offer the Bachelor of Science in Business, or BSB degree, and some campuses offer associates degrees in business. Please note that Economics and Labor and Employment Relations are majors located in the College of Liberal Arts, Energy, Business & Finance is a major located in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics are majors located in the Eberly College of Science.

Are there dual majors within the Smeal College of Business?

No. Smeal students may have concurrent or double majors with another college, e.g., a second major in Economics through the College of Liberal Arts.

What minors are available to Smeal students?

Smeal students can take any minors provided through Penn State. The minors available through the Smeal College of Business are:

  • Information Systems Management (ISM)
  • International Business (IB)
  • Legal Environment of Business (LEBUS)
  • Supply Chain and Information Systems & Technology (IST & SCM)

What is the two-piece sequence I hear student’s talking about?

To allow students to broaden their knowledge of a functional area of business outside of their majors, each department offers 2-3 courses to all Smeal students.

What do I do if I can’t hire International students?

Through your SmealConnect account, you have the option to filter the students who have applied to your postings based on their visa sponsorship status. Instructions on how to do this are listed on each employer’s homepage.

Can the department release major information? What other information is available to recruiters?

Yes, as long as the student does not have “confidentiality” listed on his/her account. Major is considered part of “directory information” (the information on a student’s record that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy). Directory information includes:

  1. Student Name
  2. Address (local, permanent residence and electronic mail)
  3. Telephone number
  4. Class level (semester class or level: first-year, sophomore, junior, senior, etc.)
  5. Major
  6. Student activities
  7. Weight/height (athletic teams)
  8. Dates of attendance
  9. Enrollment status (full-time, part-time, or not enrolled)
  10. Date of graduation
  11. Degrees and awards received and where received
  12. Most recent educational institution attended

What are the most useful web pages for recruiters?

Smeal Career and Corporate Connections

Smeal Undergraduate Education

Smeal MBA Program Website

Smeal Academic Departments

What are the policies for extending offers to undergraduate candidates?

We ask that employers provide a reasonable time frame for acceptance of offers extended to candidates. We suggest that candidates are given at least ten (10) business days to make a decision on an offer, with a preference of 15 to 25 business days. Please note that specific academic colleges or programs may have additional guidelines. Therefore, we highly recommend that you consult with the appropriate office.

Employers are expected to refrain from using any undue pressure to accept the job offer (including, but not limited to, rescission of offer if not accepted in less than the two-week time frame), or to renege on an acceptance of another offer.